Melbourne Airport – “Come into my world”
On the eve of the 127th IATA Schedules Conference, Chris Woodruff, Melbourne Airport Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, explains his passion for embracing the culture of his airline customers.
Melbourne Airport handled over 26 million passengers during its latest financial year, which ended in June. Overall passenger numbers were up 6% but demand for international flights rose an impressive 13%, aided by a range of new international services. In the last 15 years the airport has seen demand double from 13 million to 26 million passengers, with passenger numbers growing in each of the last eight years.
“We didn’t come out of recession because we didn’t go in,” a confessed “ecstatic” Woodruff told anna.aero.
“We had 3% growth in the worse times of 08/09 with no underperforming markets – even domestically Melbourne shadowed Australian GDP, growing 2% in the last financial year – still very healthy. And the very latest figures show we’re still very good, even in traditional core markets – UK traffic grew 8% in September, New Zealand by 5%, while the US leapt 11%.”
see link for rest of article and patronage graphs, summary:
- in 15 years, patronage has doubled (see link for graph)
- VN & MEL have been in talks about increasing flights
- "Would love DL to come here" - they're watching the UA/CO tie-up with interest for any direct opportunities that may arise.
- After (if! lol) AI start DEL-MEL, MEL has its eyes on enticing service from BOM and BLR on different Indian carriers (they note they've had interest, whether that's blowing wind up everyone's ar$e or not is another matter hah), aspirations to become Australia's India flight hub.
- Acknowledgement of the gaps in flights to Japan and Taiwan - "that's not going to last"
- "potentially 20-30 Chinese markets to be served" (not clear on direct or connecting through greater Chinese hub exposure).
What's everyone's thoughts on DL and COnited plans for MEL in future?
Indian expansion and the Chinese markets (I think it's safe to say he's talking about connecting traffic, but which other Chinese hubs are likely to be connected to MEL?).